Trends in table grape imports by the top 10 markets over the past decade

While it hasn’t seen the explosive growth in trade like some other popular fruits like blueberries, tangerines, and avocados, global table grape imports have grown at a steady pace in recent years.

The Grape Reporter pulled data from the International Trade Center to get a feel for the evolution of annual import volumes in the top ten global markets over the past decade. The data has been presented below in an interactive chart so that you can see specific numbers for the markets in any year.

The United States is by far the largest import market, according to the data, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Canada, Russia , France and Indonesia.

Globally, table grape imports between 2010 and 2020 increased by 40%, from $ 7.1 billion to $ 9.9 billion. To put that in context, this growth rate is just over half that of the total fruit and nut category, which grew 67% over the same period to $ 140 billion.

By far the largest import market for table grapes is the United States. After declining in 2011 to $ 1.2 billion after a strong previous year, exports continued to grow steadily over the decade. In total, they have increased by 57% since 2011 to reach $ 1.9 billion in 2020.

The top three European markets are growing slowly

The next three largest markets, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, have all remained fairly stable in terms of the value of table grape imports over the decade. The first European importers managed to register growth over the period, but less than the United States

The Netherlands spent the first half of the decade as a significantly larger importer than Germany and the United Kingdom, but suffered a sharp decline from 2014 to 2015, bringing them back on par with the two others. In total, it increased by 17% over the period.

Meanwhile, Germany and the UK – which saw almost identical table grape imports in the decade through 2020 – grew by 31% and 15%, respectively.

Of all the top 10 importers, mainland China experienced the highest import growth in percentage terms. Imports of table grapes rose from $ 189 million to $ 642 million, a massive increase of 239%. However, almost all of this growth occurred in the first half of the decade, with only a slight increase after 2014.

Russia declines and Indonesia soars

Hong Kong also saw solid growth of 123% during the period, which has been consistent throughout the period. It started the decade with higher imports than mainland China at $ 246 million and was later eclipsed, reaching 2020 with imports of $ 548 million.

Imports into Canada grew slowly and steadily over the decade, similar to that of the United Kingdom. In total, they increased by 14% to reach $ 445 million.

Russia is the only market in the top ten to end the decade below its starting point in terms of table grape imports. Trade declined sharply from 2013 to 2016 – likely due to Russia’s import ban on fresh produce imposed on the EU, US and other countries it implemented in 2014. Trade recovered from 2016 to 2017, then stabilized. In total, imports from 2010 to 2020 fell 37% to $ 361 million.

Indonesia started the decade as the smallest of the top ten markets, but then experienced significant growth starting in 2015, and then declining again in 2020. Over the decade, imports increased by 236%, from from $ 81 million to $ 273 million.

France, which is a significantly smaller import market than its three European neighbors on this list, rounds out the top 10. Imports have been almost completely flat over the decade, increasing just 10 percent to 219 million. of dollars.

Check out the interactive graphic below:

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